30th Anniversary Event

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is celebrating 30 years of making Maine better for bicyclists and pedestrians—and you’re invited to the party!

Join us as we celebrate the BCM’s past successes and provide a sneak peak into our plans for the future!

Date & Time: Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: Camp Somerset in Smithfield, Maine

Please let us know if you can attend by using the RSVP form below.

Schedule:

1:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet
Socialize, explore the space, and enjoy the beauty of East Pond.

1:30 p.m. – Executive Director Welcome
Introduce BCM’s staff and board, acknowledge member support over past 30 years, and kick-off the BCM’s vision for the future.

1:00-3:30 p.m. – Silent Auction
Place your best bid on priceless items, including artwork, gift baskets, quilts, outings, a British tea party, vacationland rentals, and so much more! 

3:30-4:00 p.m. – Farewell
Thank you, silent auction closeout, and goodbyes.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 30 years since the BCM’s humble beginnings at the Maine Bike Rally in Newport back in 1992. Since then, we’ve made a mark on the state through educating kids and adults alike, launching numerous programs and campaigns, helping to create and implement state laws protecting vulnerable users and encouraging Mainers to share the road, holding the annual BikeMaine ride and countless other events, and amassing tens of thousands of supporters along the way.

“I was asked to speak about the new U.S. DOT’s Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and the State of Maine’s Sensible Transportation Policy Act of 1991,” recalls BCM founder Charley LaFlamme. “While I was talking, I passed around a sheet of paper, and about 40 people in attendance wrote down their names and contact info.”

These folks became the first official supporters of the BCM. Charley’s speech inspired the MaineDOT to ask him to attend another bicycle advocacy rally in Montreal, and eventually led to the first gathering of BCM supporters on the steps of the Maine State House later in 1992.